Pregnancy loss through miscarriage or stillbirth affects one out of every four women. Compounding the hurt of this already difficult and painful situation is the lack of resources directed to what these women are going through emotionally and spiritually. In her book, Loved Baby, author Sarah Philpott aims to change all that.
With kindness and love and wisdom born from personal experience, Philpott gently guides her readers through 31 daily readings. Each devotional reading is designed to help a grieving woman (and her spouse) to cope with a loss that many people don’t understand. Each segment also contains a small action step or task for the reader to complete, these are carefully crafted to be healing steps on the journey of grief.
I am so glad I read this book. Each section moved me in many ways, but my favorite chapter is titled: Blessed are Those Who Mourn, You are Allowed to be Sad. Philpott reminds her readers of Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” and then she says “Examine this Scripture. Mourning must come before comfort. Mourning is a biblical process of coping. Others may try to minimize our sorrow, but the Bible tell us we are called to mourn.” I love that — a permission to feel sorrow. We all need to give ourselves that permission from time to time, right?!
Every woman, and every person who ministers to women, needs a copy of Loved Baby. Some of us will read it to understand the pain of others, and some of us will read it as part of the journey of healing. If you are looking to buy the book as a gift for a friend, you might consider this offer from Fashion and Compassion. Click here. You will receive the book as well as a beautifully handcrafted bracelet. Bonus: proceeds from Fashion and Compassion sales benefit underprivileged women around the world.
I’m excited to tell you that I received this book in exchange for writing a review (This glowing review is definitely my own words - I would tell you if I thought it wasn’t good!). Why is that so exciting? Because they sent along an extra copy for me to give away! I can hardly wait to get that copy into someone’s hands. Also, I’m excited to try Rafflecopter for the first time. Doesn’t take much to excite me.
To enter: Post a comment below. It doesn’t have to contain anything specific, but a word of comfort for a a grieving sister would not be amiss. Want an extra entry? Share my review to your social media circles — an extra entry for each social media outlet you post on. Remember to leave a comment below with the places you shared the post.
Contest ends 5pm on Monday, October 9th.